Thursday 31 January 2019

New Quantum Bygg Cushion Kits

When I first saw this Quantum Bygg collection from Andover fabrics, I just knew I had to have it! Designed by Giuseppe Ribaudo, otherwise know as Giucy Giuce on social media, this collection of geometric and abstract prints come in a more subtle or even sombre array of rainbow colours - the perfect opposite of those girly flowery prints that have featured in many of my quilt and cushion kits up to now.

Having already made up a 40pc strip set and 42pc Charm pack, both of which can be purchased in the Sewmotion Shop, I decided to make another set of matching cushions (the previous matching set in Pink Bloom proved very popular).

This time I wanted to revamp my Hexy Cushion kit, and used eight colours from Quantum and backed them onto a larger square of Linen Texture in Storm. I also used this in the matching Diamond Star cushion kit - I think this warm grey makes the colours shine! Both of these EPP designs are based on the traditional shapes of the hexagon and diamond, so no curved edges in sight! 

Each kit includes all the fabric, pre-cut papers and easy-to-follow instructions to make up each cushion front - you will need a Sewline glue pen, thread, wadding and backing. You can find out more and make a purchase here.

What would you make in these luscious fabrics? Quilts for the boys maybe? Or what about a huge wall hanging for that  minimalist loft apartment?? ;) 

Wishing you all a happy and creative week, and linking up with Midweek Makers and Needle & Thread Thursday

Thursday 24 January 2019

New Kits and New WIPs

Firstly, I would like to thank Patricia for getting in touch and telling me about this great new gadget to enable Audio on my blog. Patricia has been enjoying my ramblings for a few months now, but with failing eyesight, she prefers to listen than to read and wondered if I had ever thought of adding an audio facility on my blog, she also very helpfully sent me a couple of websites that provided this service. So I am happy to say that yes, I do now have a choice of Audio on here, just click on the orange icon at the top of each post to hear it being read aloud, though not by me I hasten to add! I do hope this helps Patricia and thank you so much for getting in touch!

This week I have working hard on trying to get ahead of my work for a change, in particular on my free patterns to my Newsletter subscribers - more on that next month. I have also finally got round to uploading a couple of new EPP kits to the Sewmotion shop - the Kitty Hoop Art kit, and a new EPP Pincushion kit in Bloom. Both projects include curved English paper-piecing and are a great way of stretching your EPP skills or just feeding you EPP addiction! You can find out more about each one by clicking on the links above.

As well as designing and making a new quilt for Sewing Quarter - to be revealed soon, I've been playing with these gorgeous Quantum Bygg fabrics to make a new set of matching cushions... I just have to finish the backs and amend the instructions and these will be available as kits soon. 

With so much to do, I best get on, wishing you all a happy and creative week, linking up with Let's Bee Social, Midweek Makers and Needle & Thread Thursday

Thursday 17 January 2019

My TV Debut on Sewing Quarter

Last Thursday started very early indeed with a 4.30am alarm call! Having stayed in a hotel the night before, I made my way in darkness to the Sewing Quarter studios where I met the very lovely Victoria Peat, the presenter for the day. After a short talk with her and the producer to discuss the shows' running orders, I made myself a cuppa and enjoyed Vic's first hour, trying to ignore my mounting nerves!

As it happens, I had very little to be nervous about. Victoria took very good care of me, kept me talking while I explained the techniques to my curved EPP Sun Spell Wall Hanging and then my on-point Table Runner. Apart from losing my machine foot and then a ruler mid show, I think I kept it together ok, though I think I'll tone down the giggling next time!

If you missed the shows or would like to see them again, they are now on Sewing Qaurter's YouTube channel (I guess for eternity (eek!) which you can see here - I'm on in the second and fourth hours.

I'm booked on again next month, so this may become a regular outing for me, meanwhile I'm currently working on a new pattern for SQ using some gorgeous Tilda fabrics - more on that soon...

Wishing you all a very happy and creative week, and linking up with Let's Bee Social, Midweek Makers and Needle & Thread Thursday.

Thursday 10 January 2019

A Late Happy New Year and a TV debut!

I can't believe we're into the second week of January already, so much for trying to ease up my busy schedule in 2019! Anyway, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful New Year. We spent ours travelling the length of the country visiting family, I think we did over 1,000 miles in the end, and went through who knows how many counties - Justin does like to count them off and will even take the odd detour to add an extra one to the list!

I came home to not only a pile of orders, which was very nice, but also to a box of fabric goodies for preparation of two projects that I will be demonstrating on the Sewing Quarter TV channel later this week! I'm pretty nervous but also excited, on making my TV debut! 

I have already had the chance to make up a sample quilt using Lynne Goldsworthy's Maiden Voyage pattern. Being my first project for SQ I was a little daunted that it featured curves, bias edges, matching points and setting-in the inner circle - talk about jumping in the deep end! But I was overjoyed to find that it all came together really easily, even the inner circle! It's been so long since I've followed someone else's pattern and I really enjoyed it. This quilt was featured on the show on the 31st December, and you can see it again on their YouTube channel here - it's on at 2hours in.

I will be on at 9am and 11am on Thursday 10th January and will be demonstrating two of my own designs, my Sun Spell mini quilt which features, of course, curved English paper-piecing, while the second will be my Picture This Table Runner using HSTs and on-point blocks. Kits will be available for both on the show and Sewing Quarter's website.

I'm also overjoyed to have my Stars & Flowers block-of-the-month quilt featured in British Patchwork & Quilting magazine. This pretty quilt is made up of 10 different blocks featuring my fave curved EPP as well as more traditional machine piecing. I made my version in Liberty's Cottage Garden fabrics, and I'm offering 10% off the 7pc fabric bundle in peach and blues on the website, just use the code P&QBOM10 at checkout.

During the Christmas period, I received a lovely email from a customer, Alison who sent me a pic of her Stag Christmas Wall Hanging - isn't it beautiful?! That stunning quilting really makes the stars shine! She also went on to say;

 "I’m really pleased I ordered the kit, working full time, having the pieces ready cut so I could start sewing straight away really made a difference for me".

Thank you so much for sharing Alison! What do you love about kits? Do you like having everything prepared to save you precious sewing time? Do you like the fact you're not left with lots of leftovers to add to the mounting stash? I would love to know your thoughts!

Wishing you all a lovely creative week, and linking up with Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers and Needle & Thread Thursday